Data science uses and depends on data.
Content providers want to get to know their users, companies want user feedback on their campaigns and products, governments want to know the topics, preferences, and opinions of their electorate.
This course and text is no exception: We would like to know who takes this course, what they wish, want, and expect, and what their background and preferences are.
The upshot: We can examine and use this data — your data — throughout the course, provided that this is properly disclosed, conforms to ethical guidelines, and users explicitly agree to it.
Data often stems from online surveys. Many benefits (e.g., convenience and speed, diversity) vs. downsides (anonymity, poor data quality).
Please take part in the survey to provide us with some initial data to work with.